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Multiple Choice Questions

1. The author writes in "My Dungeon Shook," "You were born into a society which spelled out with brutal clarity, and in as many ways as possible, that you were" what?
(a) "On the road to failure."
(b) "A part of the American Dream."
(c) "On a road to success."
(d) "A worthless human being."

2. What does the word "perish" mean in "My Dungeon Shook"?
(a) To expel.
(b) To enliven.
(c) To distinguish.
(d) To die.

3. The author describes the recipient's face as being the same face of whom in "My Dungeon Shook"?
(a) "Your mother and grandmother."
(b) "Your father and my brother."
(c) "Your great-grandfather."
(d) "Your mother and father."

4. When was Charles Dickens born?
(a) 1812.
(b) 1919.
(c) 1865.
(d) 1805.

5. When was E. Franklin Frazier born?
(a) 1919.
(b) 1894.
(c) 1936.
(d) 1859.

6. The author tells the letter recipient in "My Dungeon Shook," "Take no one's word for anything, including mine--but trust" what?
(a) "Your soul."
(b) "Your intelligence."
(c) "Your experience."
(d) "Your instincts."

7. What is the name of the letter recipient in "My Dungeon Shook"?
(a) George Baldwin.
(b) David Baldwin.
(c) John Baldwin.
(d) James Baldwin.

8. The author writes to the letter recipient in "My Dungeon Shook," "You come from a long line of" what?
(a) "Poets."
(b) "Slaves."
(c) "Teachers."
(d) "Carpenters."

9. Of white people, the author says in "My Dungeon Shook," "You must accept them and accept them with" what?
(a) Faith.
(b) Clarity.
(c) Resentment.
(d) Love.

10. For what work is Homer most known?
(a) The Poet's Destiny.
(b) The Odyssey.
(c) The Cave.
(d) Julius Caesar.

11. What word from "My Dungeon Shook" refers to extremely cruel and brutal behavior?
(a) Inhumanity.
(b) Diligence.
(c) Integrity.
(d) Apprehension.

12. The author says in "My Dungeon Shook," that "if you've loved anybody that long, first as an infant, then as a child, then as a man, you gain a strange perspective on" what?
(a) "A sense of love, peace, and justice."
(b) "That there is fear everywhere."
(c) "Time and human pain and effort."
(d) "Family and the meaning of life."

13. The author claims in "My Dungeon Shook" that "the danger, in the minds of most white Americans, is" what?
(a) "The loss of power."
(b) "The loss of identity."
(c) "The loss of money."
(d) "The loss of faith."

14. When was the Emancipation Proclamation issued?
(a) January 1, 1862.
(b) January 1, 1864.
(c) January 1, 1863.
(d) January 1, 1865.

15. What word from "My Dungeon Shook" refers to a seemingly self-contradictory statement or proposition that when investigated may proved to be true?
(a) Paradox.
(b) Atonement.
(c) Irony.
(d) Malaprop.

Short Answer Questions

1. The author describes the birth of the letter recipient in "My Dungeon Shook," saying "here you were: to be loved. To be loved, baby, hard, at once, and forever, to strengthen you against" what?

2. The author urges the letter recipient in "My Dungeon Shook" to "imagine how you would feel if you woke up one morning to find the sun shining and all the stars" what?

3. How does the author conclude his letter in "My Dungeon Shook"?

4. What does the author claim the black man has functioned as in the white man's world in "My Dungeon Shook"?

5. What word from "My Dungeon Shook" means eager to fight or defiant?

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